WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The City of Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Shane Blaser encourages Governor Tony Evers to sign the “mill bill” (2021 Assembly Bill 367, AB 367), which would provide a $50 million loan to a buyer for the Wisconsin Rapids paper mill and $15 million loan to a buyer for the Park Falls paper mill.
Both of these mills are currently idle, having a profound impact on our communities, our region and our state. The mill bill has now been passed by the State Assembly and concurred in by the State Senate, and it is headed to Governor Evers to either sign it into law or to veto it.
Mayor Blaser understands that there have been legitimate concerns raised on both sides, as it relates to the details of this bill. However, the urgency of this bill necessitates an urgent response – the Governor should sign the bill that the Wisconsin Legislature has passed.
The Rapids Together Task Force now has a webpage set up for Wisconsin residents to quickly express your support of the bill. If you support the bill, please sign the form, hit “submit” and share the link with your networks.
Sign the letter of support here: legis.wisconsin.gov/rapidstogether/contact-the-governor/
“The idling of our city’s paper mill has already had a profound financial and social impact on our community, our region and our state. This bill poses an opportunity to inspire hope in our community while bringing back family-sustaining jobs and ensuring our paper professionals’ expertise stays local. Now is the time to act on this bill, “ said Mayor Blaser.
An estimated 2,686 jobs statewide are affected by the idling of the Wisconsin Rapids paper mill, which creates lost earnings for Wisconsin’s people and lost tax revenues for Wisconsin’s municipalities. The Wisconsin Rapids paper mill also consumed one-quarter of the pulpwood cut annually in Wisconsin, advancing timber and transportation industries throughout the state, while making an important impact on Wisconsin forestry.
Learn more about the Rapids Together Task Force here: legis.wisconsin.gov/rapidstogether